In the added time, Andés Andrade was in charge of increasing the advantage in favor of Atlético Nacional in the first leg of the BetPlay League against Deportes Tolima. The end of the match was looming but a backlash would define the match at the Atanasio Girardot.
In this way, the most popular team in Colombia will close the duel back in Ibagué this Sunday, June 26, at night.
National vs. Tolima: that’s how they played
With an extraordinary goal from Yerson Candelo, Atlético Nacional defeated Deportes Tolima 3-1 this Wednesday, in the first of two duels in the Colombian soccer final.
The right-back surprised goalkeeper Alexander Domínguez with a shot from midfield that was unattainable for the Ecuadorian international. His goal in the 71st minute made it 2-1.
Earlier, Danovis Banguero (43), a former Vinotinto y Oro player who took advantage of a rebound conceded by Domínguez, had scored for the locals. Andrés ‘Rifle’ Andrade sealed the win at 90+4.
Tolima began winning at the Atanasio Girardot stadium in Medellín with an unusual goal by Anderson Plata, who pushed the ball with his abdomen in the 23rd minute.
A Nacional focused on attack for most of the match was able to increase its advantage against one of the most regular teams in Colombia in recent years. On Sunday, those led by Hernán Darío Herrera will look for the final blow in the second leg in Ibagué (center).
With a good result away from their fortress, the Greens will extend their record of 16 league titles, which accredits them as the most successful team in Colombia.
For its part, the alarms go off for Tolima due to a muscular discomfort in Plata, one of the most outstanding players of the season, who left the field on a stretcher.
To come back, DT Hernán Torres will have to draw on the experience accumulated by his players after playing three consecutive coffee football finals. In the 2021 Apertura he won his fourth league title against Millonarios and lost the Clausura trophy against Deportivo Cali.